Detailed Bibliography Edwin Wilson

Books / Published Articles / Poems / Papers / other Publications

2020, Family Tree: Old Friends, Rich Relations (an idiosyncratic family history of Edwin James (Peter) Wilson, pot, painter and botanist from East Wardell/Mullumbimby/Crows Nest), ISBN 978 0 949557 28 5, December 2020.

2020, Stardust Painter-Poet II, an upgrade of my earlier edition, with significant new paintings since 2015, ISBN 978 0 949557 25 4, September 2020.

2019, Long-Distance Poet: A Portrait of the Poet as an Old Fart, my third book of Poetic Memoirs, ISBN 978 0 040557 24 7, February 2019.

2018, Synthesis, a selection of my poetry set to the collected pencil drawings of the late Elizabeth McAlpine, ISBN 987 0 949557 17 9, April 2018.

2017, the following Mullumbimby poems (plus Mullumbimby lioncut and detail of painting of ‘My Brother Jim’ with shanghai) were published in the Nimbin Literary Magazine, Beyond the Rainbow, No. 93, November-December 2017: ‘Homage to a Mountain’ (Chincogan, Mullumbimby), ‘Chincogan (Chinny) Dreaming’ (‘Mount’ Chincogan/Chinny), ‘Pink Rock Lily’, ‘Mullumbimby Revisited’, ‘Strangler Fig’, ‘Then God Invented Weeds’, and ‘Big Brother’ (My Brother Jim), received 17 November.

2017, Lord Nelson, Uncle Oliver and I: the Life and Death of Oliver Bainbridge, much more expansive biography (from my 2013 Monograph) of my great-great uncle Frank Nelson (aka Oliver Bainbridge), poet, writer, orator, explorer, self-styled anthropologist and spy for Empire, pp. 402 (including preliminaries), ISBN 978 0 049557 16 2, June 2017.

2016, Lionel Arthur Gilbert, OAM’, 1924-2015: ‘The Botanical Connection’, Journal and Proceedings, Armidale and District Historical Society Inc., No 59, November.

2015, ‘Brunswick Heads 1940s’, poem published in Byron Shire Echo, 29 July p. 16.

2015, Stardust Painter-Poet (Edwin Wilson: Paintings and Poems), Woodbine Press, pp. 226 (larger-format hard cover Art Book of both my paintings and my poems), ISBN 978 0 949557 11 7, June 2015.

2014, ‘Flowering Trunk’ poem published (along with a mention of the Tweed River Exhibition) in Verandah Magazine (Byron Bay and Beyond), spring 2014.

2014, Mullumbimby Dreaming (Mullumbimby Paintings and Poems), Woodbine Press, pp. 104, ISBN 978 0 949557 339 (paperback).

2014, ‘Phaius Orchid’ poem published, p. 25, in Little Book of Australian Orchids, National Library of Australia.

2013, Oliver Bainbridge – Lord Nelson Great Grandson?, Woodbine Press, pp. 124 = 10 prelims + ten additional pages of photographs, ISBN 978 0 949557 32 2 (paperback).

2012, ‘A Poet Made by New England’, Australian Folklore, No 27, November 2012 (pp. 229 – 236).

2012, New Collected Poems, Kardoorair Press Armidale with Introduction and Epilogue by John Ryan, University of New England, 2012, pp. 686 + 50 prelims, ISBN 978 0 908244 84 3 (hardback).

2012  Second edition of The Mullumbimby Kid (with new material obtained on finding my brother in 2003 and cover detail of one of my Mullumbimby Paintings), Woodbine Press, pp. 288, ISBN 978 0 949557 30 8 (hardcover, posted on the Internet 2012).

2012  Gumnut News, No. 78, April 2012, reprint of ‘Gumnut City’ poem (to May Gibbs on her birthday).

2012  ‘Waratah’ poem, Caleyi, January/February 2012, electronic Newsletter of Northern Beaches Group of Australian Plant Society.

2011  Featured in and assisted with the production of a book on Guiding in the Gardens, entitled A Walk in the Gardens: 30 years of volunteer guiding in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

2010    New Selected Poems: A Collection of Flowers 1967 – 2009, Woodbine Press, pp. 288, ISBN 978 0 949557 31 5 (paperback, posted on the Internet as a PDF in 2011).

2009    ‘Poetry and Art: An Evolutionary Biologist’s Take on Selection Pressures in the Arts’, Five Bells, autumn/winter 2009.

2009    My Brother Jim (poems), Woodbine Press, pp. 93, ISBN  978 0 949557 23 0 (paperback).

2006    ‘The Making of Mount Annan’, Edwin Wilson and Barbara Briggs, Australian Garden History, Vol 18 No 2, Sept/Oct 2006 (unfortunately this paper was severely cut by the editor of this Journal. A longer version, entitled ‘Birth of a Garden: Mount Annan Botanic Garden, near Campbelltown, south-west of Sydney’, was posted on the website of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (October 2006).

2008    Repeat of ‘A Stroll in the Gardens’, Poetica, Radio National, 26 January.

2008    included in The Bibliography of Australian Literature, P-Z, John Arnold and John Hay, Queensland University Press (in body of text (alphabetically) but strangely not included in the index).

2006    The Melancholy Dane: A Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man, Memoirs, Book Two, Woodbine Press, pp. 368, ISBN 0 949557 21 8 (folded flap).

2006    Edwin Wilson and ‘Jim’ Onslow Interview, Nikki Barrowclough, ‘Two of Us’, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August.

2006    ‘A New Direction with Dendrobium Hybrids’ (Phil Spence and Edwin Wilson), Australian Orchid Review, February/March.

2006 ‘Autumn in Canberra at the Bonnard, 2003’ (Poem), included in Light On Don Bank, 15 years of Live Poets, Live Poets, edited by Sue Hicks and Danny Gardner.

2005    Related to Lord Nelson? An article on Andrew St Clare Nelson and his purported links to Hortio Nelson, The Nelson Yearbook.

2005    ‘A Walk in the Gardens’ (poetry of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Domain, adapted from article in Australian Folklore No. 15), ‘Poetica’, ABC Radio National, 3 December.

2004    Poetry of Place: Royal Botanic Gardens, Statues, Memorials, and Literary References, to the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Domain, Botanic Gardens Trust, pp. 208, ISBN 0 9756708 0 8, (Substantially revised edition of The Wishing Tree) (folded flap).

2004    ‘Charlestown’ (Poem), as published electronically by Sharon Olinka in BigCityLit, ‘The Other Half: Rich vs. Poor’, New York.

2003    ‘In Memory of a Father’, article on the centenary of Tidge Wilson’s birth, The Northern Star, 1 November.

2003    ‘Strangler Fig’ (Poem), and ‘Put out to Grass’ (Poem), both read (in the context of small presses) on Poetica, Radio National, 10 May.

2003    Obituary Kathleen Wall, Botanist and friend (1915 – 2003), Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June.

2002    Anthology: Collected Poems 1967 – 2002, Kardoorair Press, pp. 590, ISBN 0 908244 50 9 (folded flap).

2002    Asteroid Belt (poems), Woodbine Press, pp. 124, ISBN 0 949557 20 X (paperback).

2002    ‘The Batanic Garden’ (The Mel and Ed Show), Play for RBG Twilight Walks, a conversation between a stupid bat (Eric, played by Steve Paul) and an Ibis (Fatima, played by Debbie Lennis) – written by Edwin Wilson, with dialogue assistance from Melissa Hamilton, performed as  Live Theatre in Gardens, January.

2002    ‘Chincogan: Muse and Mountain of a Mullumbimby Childhood’,  Australian Folklore, Uni New England, March.

2002    ‘Mullum Dreaming: Life of a Young Poet’ (growing up in Mullumbimby), Thylazine No 5 (Coral Hull),    (Electronic Publishing, March 2002).

2002    Armidale book launch of Lionel Gilbert’s The Little Giant: The Life and Work of Joseph Henry Maiden, 1858 – 1925, published in the Armidale and District Historical Society Journal No. 45.

2002    ‘Cats’ (Poem, Baudelaire Imitation) The Mosman Daily, 1 July.

2002    ‘Reflecting the city’s rites of passage’ Abstracted from The Wishing Tree (with promotion of ‘Lunch on the Grass’poetry reading at Lion Gate Lodge in association with my Collected Poems), Friends of the Gardens, The Gardens, No 54, Spring.

2002    ‘The Orange and the Green’ (Poem) included in ABC Radio National’s ‘Orange’ Segment, ‘Poetica’, 25 May.

2002    ‘Bushranger’s Grave’ (Poem), included in Sunlines, edited by  Anne Fairbairn.

2001    Cedar House (an Australian ‘Wuthering Heights’ – a Gothic novel about environment, identity and aboriginality), Woodbine Press, pp. 226, ISBN  0 949557 16 6  (paperback).

2001    Ten years’ Live: Ironic, Satiric, Sardonic Humorous Verse, Live Poets, edited by Sue Hicks and Danny Gardner  (two poems included).

2001    Reprint of the Songs of the Forest Introduction, Vegan Voice, No. 5, March-May.

2001    ‘Green lungs of the Inner West’ on the plantings of Charles Moore (Director of Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney) at Callan Park, Friends of the Gardens, The Gardens, 2001.

2000    Letter to Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Private Schools Weaken Public System’, 21 November.

2000    The Mullumbimby Kid: A Portrait of the Poet as a Child, Memoirs, Book One, (working title ‘The Orchid Boy’),Woodbine Press, pp. 256, ISBN  0 949557 18 8 (hardcover).

2000    ‘The Poetry of Place: Poetic foci in the Sydney Gardens and Domain’, Australian Folklore, No. 15, Uni New England, October.

2000    ‘Judy’s Chair’ (poem and photograph), a used in the University of NSW Senior Australian Schools English Competition, 2000.

2001    Published in Ten Years Live, Live Poets, Edited by Sue Hicks and Danny Gardner, 2001.

1999    Proceedings of International People-Plant Symposium, 12 – 22 July 1998, towards a new millennium of people-plant relationships, from talk entitled ‘Zen and the Art of  Orchid Culture’, UTS Sydney.

1999    Inducted into the Mullumbimby High School ‘Hall of Fame’ as their fifth member, 22 February.

1999    ‘A point to remember’, article on Mrs Macquaries Point, The Gardens, Summer 1998 – 1999.

1988    Cosmos Seven (a selection of poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine), Woodbine Press, pp.176, ISBN  0 949557 14 5  (hardcover).

1998    ‘Judy’s Chair’ (Poem)  , Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February.

1998    ‘Oliver Bainbridge: an unacknowledged casualty of the death of empire’, joint paper with Sister Mary Joseph (Patricia Wightley) (following on from earlier joint paper in Australian Folklore. No 11, 1996 about his father, Andrew St Clare Nelson and the Nelson connection), Australian Folklore No 13, Uni New England, September.

1998    Obituary Dick Edwards, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 August 1998 (written but not acknowledged as such in article).

1998    In Memorium, Eric (Dick) Edwards, Poet, Printer, Publisher (1916 – 1998), Five Bells, September.

1998    ‘A passion for the epiphyte transferred: the genesis of Woodbine Press’ (article on the establishment of Woodbine Press), Biblionews, 319th Issue, Vol. 23, No. 3, Uni of Sydney, September.

1998    included in The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Paul Collins, Melbourne University Press.

1997    Chaos Theory (poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine), Woodbine Press, pp. 88, ISBN  0 949577 13  7 (paperback).

1997    ‘Rose Garden Pavilion: One Hundred Years’, article on the centenary of the Rose Garden Pavilion, The Gardens, winter 1997, p. 9.

1997    ‘From the Barn on the Hill to Edwards & Shaw’ (article on the publication of the above book), Biblionews, 313th Issue, Vol. 22, No. 1, Uni of Sydney, March.

1997    ‘Guiding in the Gardens: the need for a creative approach’, a joint paper with Kathleen Wall on Case Studies in Volunteering, as presented at the VMCI Guides Conference in Bathurst, 1996.

1996    ‘Lord Nelson’s Daughter: and her possible descendants in northern New South Wales’ joint paper with Sister Mary Joseph (Patricia Wightley), Australian Folklore, No 11, University Of New England, July.

1996    From the Barn on the Hill to Edwards & Shaw (a limited edition of 350 deluxe copies of a book on the publishers Edwards & Shaw by Harry Stein, Pot Still Press for the State Library NSW Press). Harry Stein died in 1994. I helped edit his manuscript, sought sponsorship, and steered the project through to publication.

1996    ‘The Wishing Tree’ (an article on Colonial Plants), Australian Garden History, Vol. 8, No. 3 Nov/Dec 1996, pp. 8 – 10.

1996    Included in Australian Poets And Their Works, Wilde, Hooton & Andrews, Oxford University Press, 1996.

1995    ‘Wild Orchid’ (Poem), quoted by Peter Bernhardt at the front of an anticle ‘The Orchid that Wears a Hat’, The Sydney Review, September.

1995    ‘The Botanic Verses: and problems of sexual tolerance, 1789 to the present’ (with reference to the Eileen incident, Australian Folklore, Uni New England, No 10, July.

1995    Included in the second edition of Who’s Who of Australian Writers, W.D. Thorpe, 1995.

1994    ‘Paradise Lost: Plant-lore on the far north coast of New South Wales’, Australian Folklore, Uni New England,  No 9, July.

1994    ‘Night-pollinated Flower’ (Poem), quoted by Peter Bernhardt at the front of an article ‘Sents and Sensibility’, The Sydney Review, September.

1994    Included in The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, Wilde, Hooton & Andrews, second edition, Oxford University Press, 1994.

1993    The Botanic Verses (‘botanic’ verses and other poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine )  Rainforest Publishing pp. 98, ISBN  0 947134  077 (paperback).

1993    ‘Gumnut City’ (Poem), Nutcote News, No. 21, February 1993.

1992    The Wishing Tree (Memorial Trees, Statues, Fountains etc in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Domain, and Centennial Perk, Sydney), Kangaroo Press, pp. 160, ISBN  0 96417 437 3 (hardcover).

1992    The Orchid Man: The Life, Work and Memoirs of the Rev. H.M.R. Rupp, 1872 – 1956, by Dr L.A. Gilbert, Kangaroo Press. Two of my orchid poems included in this publication.

1992    Letter to editor about my 1974 poem ‘Blank Verse’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 October.

1991    The Rose Garden (poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine), Woodbine Press (with Edwards & Shaw), pp. 112, ISBN  0 949557 12 9 (paperback).

1991    Live Poets’ Society Litmus suit, Live Poets, edited by Sue Hicks (three poems published).

1991    Included in first Edition of Who’s Who of Australian Writers, W.D. Thorpe, 1991.

1990    Songs of the Forest (Rainforest Poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine), Hale & Iremonger Pty Ltd, pp. 96, ISBN  0 86806 390 8 (paperback).

1990    ‘Red-shift’ (Poem), Poetry Australia, No. 128, Summer 1990.

1990    ‘The Saga of Peter Hibbs’, a joint paper with Tom Richmond on our First Fleet ancestor Peter Hibbs, Hawkesbury River History: Governor Phillip,Exploration, and Early Settlement, Edited by Jocelyn Powell and Lorraine Banks, Dharug & Lower Hawkesbury Hist Society, 1990.

1989    Falling up into Verse (a Poetic Handbook [Survival Manual] for Live poets, Aspiring Poets, and Students of  poetry, down Under), Woodbine Press (with Edwards & Shaw), pp. 138, ISBN  0 949557 10 2 (paperback).

1989    Helen Moody interview (with photographs) about Christian Dior sponsorship and nursery support for the Spring Festival, Australian Horticulture, August/September.

1989    ‘River Picnic’ (Poem, variant form published by John Millett as Guest Editor, Maryland Poetry Review, Fall/Winter.

1989    ‘Elegy to John Pearce, 1908 – 1989’ (Poem), Byron Shire Echo, 19 April.

1988    Reprint of Introduction to Songs of the Forest, Australian Orchid Review, Summer 1988.

1988    ‘The Rose’ (Poem, published by Director Carrick Chambers in his Rose Garden Pamphlet, Royal Botanic Gardens, 1988.

1987    Wild Tamarind (a Bicentennial Parable and Morality Tale), Woodbine Press (with Edwards & Shaw), pp. 167, ISBN  0 949557 09 0 (hardcover) 0 949557 08 0 (paperback).

1987    ‘The Garden’ (Poem, read on   ABC Radio Social History, Radio National,  with Steve Rapley, 1987.

1987    ‘The Garden Palace: Its Rise and Fall’, Gardenscene, Graham & Sandra Ross, February 1987.

1987    Royal Botanic Gardens Visitor Survey, commissioned and coordinated by me for the Gardens, executed and produced by the Department of Leisure/Tourism, Kuring-gai CAE, 1987.

1987    ‘On fields from Gordon/to St. Ives’ (Poem), Lane Cove Soccer Club Newsletter, July 1987.

1987    ‘Lane Cove Plaza, Tuesday Morning’ (Poem), Education, 20 July.

1986    Discovering the Domain (Edited, with research assistance by Shirley Colless), (a pictorial social history of the Sydney Domain), Hale & Iremonger Pty Ltd, pp. 64, ISBN 0 86806 258 8  (hardcover) 0 86806 359 6 (paperback).

1986    ‘Song of Lebanon’ (Poem),‘Northern Magazine’, supplement to Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth, 20 April.

1986    ‘The Garden’ (Poem), Garden Journal, Tim North, December 1986.

1985    The Dragon Tree (poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine), Woodbine Press (with Edwards & Shaw), pp. 100, ISBN 0 949557 04 8  (hardcover) 0 949557 05 6  (paperback).

1985    ‘Song of Lebanon’ (Poem), Poet’s Corner, Northern Magazine (Tamworth), 20 April.

1984    Liberty, Egality, Fraternity! (a novel), Woodbine Press (with Edwards & Shaw), pp. 214, ISBN 0 949557 02 1 (hardcover) 0 949557 03 X (paperback).

1984    ‘First Contact’ (Poem), Christmas Literary Supplement, The Bulletin, 20 November.

1983    Drawn from Life: The Development of Botanical Illustration in Australia (Ed) (catalogue for an exhibition of the same name), Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, pp. 24 (paperback).

1983    Profile of Edwin Wilson, Australian Horticulture, June 1983.

1983    ‘The Oldest Garden in Australia ‘, Australian Garden Journal, Tim  North, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1983, pp. 38 – 41.

1983    Letter to Editor, Bulletin (about Australia’s flag, having seen the new Canadian flag in Canada), 15 March.

1982    ‘Le Déjeuner sur L’herbe’ (‘Lunch in Hyde Park’), (Poem), and ‘Solar Flight’ (Poem), Poetry Australia, No. 81, February, 1982.

1982    Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Ed), Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, pp. 72, ISBN 0 9500976 2 4 (paperback).

1982    Banyan (poems with pencil drawings by Elizabeth McAlpine), Edwards & Shaw for Woodbine Press, pp. 100, ISBN 0 949557 01 3 (hardcover) 0 949557 00 5 (paperback).

1982    ‘Thunalgunaldin’ (Poem), and ‘Death of a Mouse’ (Poem), Poetry Australia, Nos. 84-5, August 1982.

1982    ‘A Walk through Paradise’ (an article on the Sydney Gardens), Garden Cuttings, Vol. 1, No. 8, May.

1981    ‘New England Dieback’ (Poem), Poetry Australia, No. 76, February 1981.

1981    ‘New England Dieback’ (Poem in variant form), Poetry Australia, No. 77, May 1981.

1981    The Australian Museum Visitor, No 2, 1979 (study of two travelling exhibitions in the outer suburban areas of Sydney in 1979).

1981    ‘Rainforest’ (Poem), Rainforest Habitat, No. 81, 1981 reprint of earlier poem).

1980    ‘Monastery at Zagorsk’ (Poem), SCOPP (Saturday Club), Issues 8 & 9, Vol. 3, Nos. 2 & 3, 1980, Final Issue.

1980    ‘Rainforest’ (Poem), Habitat Australia, Vol.8, No. 6, December 1980.

1980    ‘Possible Directions in Public Relations and Community Programs at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney’, a list of all the programs instigated at the Gardens, where none of this type had existed before (Royal Botanic Gardens Library), 8 September.

1979    ‘Ancient Bouquet’ (Poem), Poetry Australia No. 70, May 1979.

1979    ‘Moving Experiences: The Australian Museum’s Travelling Outer Urban Exhibitions’, Kalori (Museum Association of Australia), No 57, December 1979.

1978    ‘Pressed Flower’ (Poem, became ‘Ancient Bouquet’), SCOPP (Saturday Club), Issue Four, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 1978.

1978    ‘Desire Under the Stars’ (Poem, earlier form of ‘Banyan’), SCOPP (Saturday Club), Issue Five, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1978.

1977    ‘The Australian Museum Dinosaur Appeal: Dead on Time’, Kalori (Magazine of the Museum Association of Australia), No 52,  March 1977.

1976    ‘Banyan’, ‘Bushranger’s Grave’, and ‘The Butterfly’ (Poems), Poetry Australia, No. 60-61, 1976.

1976    ‘Shall I Compare You to my Motor Car?’ (Poem), SCOPP (Saturday Club), Issue 16, Vol. 4, No. 4, Winter 1976 (received 22 December 1976).

1975    ‘Maiden-hair’ (Poem), (Saturday Club Book of Poetry), Issue ten, Vol. 3, No. ii, Jan 1975.

1975    ‘Eileen’ (Poem, published under pseudonym of Eileen Wilson), Mother I’m Rooted (Anthology of Australian Women Poets), Outback Press, edited by Kate Jennings).

1975    ‘The Wave’ (Poem), Education, 20 March.

1975    ‘Bushranger’s Grave’ (Poem), Education, 2 July.

1975    ‘Hyacinth Orchid’ (Poem), Education, Vol. 56, No. 19, 5 November 1975 (poem in inferior form).

1974    ‘Reflection’ (Poem), Education, 4 December.

1972    ‘The Web of Life’ (after Darwin), (Poem, became ‘Death of a Butterfly’/’The Butterfly’), Education, 26 July.

1971    ‘Liquid Amber’ (Poem, became ‘Liquidambar’) and ‘Descent’ (Poem, incorporated into other poems), Makar (Uni Qld), Vol. 7, No.1, May 1971.

1970    ‘Homage to a Mountain’ (Poem published when lecturing at Armidale Teachers’ College), Anthology (Armidale Teachers’ College), 1970.

1970    ‘The Flowering Cherry’ (Poem, became ‘The Cherry Tree’), Northern Daily Leader, 21 November.

1961    ‘The Sinking Sun’ (Poem, published as a student at Armidale Teachers’ College), Anthology (Armidale Teachers’ College), 1961.